Shenzhen city, Guangzhou province – Imagine an entire street filled with shops selling nothing but electronics. Huaqiangbei is where you want to go if you are in Shenzhen because it is a huge marketplace where one can find almost everything, including electronic components, smartphones, gadgets, translation devices, electronic toys. Everything you can think of will be there.
Ten media delegates from Cambodia on a week-long study visit to various cities in the province were brought to Huaqiangbei to do a bit of shopping as well as experience sights and bargains at what is regarded as the world’s greatest electronic market.
Our local media guide who goes only by Zhang said the entire area is a mixture of major electronic manufacturing hubs and marketplaces for electronic products.
“Shenzen as a whole is ‘China’s Silicon Valley’ and ‘The Silicon Valley of Hardware’,” Ms Zhang says. “However, as one of the top shopping destinations in Shenzen, Huaqiangbei also has plenty to offer to those looking for men’s and women’s fashion.”
It is a huge complex of buildings located next to the Huaqiang Lu Metro Station. It comprises of a giant multi-level shopping mall characterised by constantly moving people and millions of products exposed on each section. Each floor or section specialises in selling certain gadgets and electronic components.
There are over 20 shopping malls located in the Huaqiangbei area. About 70 million square metres were designated as an area to do business. Annual sales here have reached about $3 billion. More than 130,000 people are employed here.
Huaqiangbei Road was recently revitalised after four years of construction work. The area is now a modern, pedestrian-friendly shopping mecca mirrored by an underground mall stretching from corner to corner. It has been reported that the road is the largest of its type in China.
Here in Huaqiangbei, you will not be hungry either. There are plenty of options, including popular western chains such as KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Starbucks. Many local restaurants also dot the road. When one is in a mood for a buffet lunch or dinner, the Difu Hotel offers many options. There are also loads of street food vendors serving local flavours.